The local election results show Labour is doing well in its heartlands of the north, according to University of Hull politics expert Dr Matt Beech. He says that the Liberal Democrats have improved their status slightly by picking up a few seats, but overall it is too early for the local election results to indicate how the next General Election will turn out.
The widow of a Labour MP who died from cancer has won the by-election to replace him in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough constituency.
Millions of voters headed to the polls to vote in today's local elections. Here is when the results are expected in.